under jagged rubble. >> we got a call from him. he was under the house. he was sort of, kind of giving us his last words. he said to my mom, tell the kids i love them. all that stuff. my mom just collapsed on the floor and she said, no, no, i was going to make it. >> i was close so many times, close to death. >>ie also was very strong and resilie resilient. i collapsed. i was a mess. instead of me being the adult at the moment, she was the one who hugged me and said, mom, it's going to be okay, we're going to get through this. >> reporter: after 11 wrenching hours, john-mar reese was finally freed. while a pudge further lung and several crushed bones required a long recovery, on tuesday he was at the u.s. open, watching his steely little girl. for cnn in new york. i'm rachel nichols.